Thursday, June 26, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008 – 1:52 P.M.

In This Issue

  • High Court Nullifies D.C. Gun Ban
  • Court Strikes Down Campaign Finance ‘Millionaire’s Amendment’
  • Senate Puts Off Housing Bill Until After July Fourth Break
  • Partisan Dispute Brings Abrupt End to Appropriations Markup
  • With Medicare Deadline Looming, Reid Threatens Weekend Session
  • Political Trivia for June 26
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Today in Washington

The House takes up three energy-related measures.

The Senate considers a housing bill, electronic surveillance overhaul and possibly the war supplemental spending bill and legislation blocking a cut in Medicare payments to doctors.

President Bush makes remarks to the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and later to the national conference of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; departs Washington for Camp David, Md., where he will greet the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

In Washington, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, at its 25th annual conference, honors New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson at the Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala, 7 p.m., Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

High Court Nullifies D.C. Gun Ban

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Washington law banning handguns and declared for the first time that the Second Amendment includes an individual right to bear arms.  [Read More]

Court Strikes Down Campaign Finance ‘Millionaire’s Amendment’

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, on Thursday overturned a key section of campaign finance law that sought to level the playing field for congressional candidates facing wealthy, self-funding opponents.  [Read More]

Senate Puts Off Housing Bill Until After July Fourth Break

A Republican senator’s effort to add energy tax break extensions to a massive housing package has prompted Democratic leaders to put off final action on the bill until after the Fourth of July recess.  [Read More]

Partisan Dispute Brings Abrupt End to Appropriations Markup

The House Appropriations Committee abruptly adjourned in chaos Thursday before acting on two big domestic spending bills, after Republicans tried to force the committee to take up a bill covering the Interior Department they believe could be used to lower fuel prices.  [Read More]

With Medicare Deadline Looming, Reid Threatens Weekend Session

Aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned senators Thursday to be ready to cancel weekend travel plans, in anticipation that procedural maneuvering on a Medicare bill might drag on into the Fourth of July recess.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for June 26

Which president lived the longest after leaving office?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

Minneapolis television station WCCO reports that the state’s high-profile Senate race is now the most expensive in the country and “it’s not yet running at full speed.” Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., and Democratic challenger Al Franken have raised more than $23 million this election cycle, far outpacing Texas, where the candidates have raised $16.2 million. The station says Franken is the top money-raiser in the country for 2008, bringing in $9.4 million, while Coleman is third with $8.7 million. With that kind of money, the candidates are “almost certainly going to outspend the campaigns of 2006,” when Democrat Amy Klobuchar spent $9.2 million to defeat Republican Mark Kennedy, who spent $9.7 million.

The Deseret News reports that Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, has declined to endorse the man who ousted him in Tuesday’s primary. In an interview, Cannon attributed his loss to newcomer Jason Chaffetz primarily to low voter turnout. Cannon said he wants to get to know Chaffetz better before deciding on an endorsement. He said he got so few votes in the primary “he doubted anyone would see any relevance in his endorsement or see it as leading to any real support for Chaffetz.” Political analysts saw several reasons for the defeat of the six-term lawmaker in addition to turnout, including anger towards Washington and Cannon’s views on immigration policy.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Wisconsin’s Democratic Party has filed a formal credentials challenge against a Hillary Clinton delegate who has publicly proclaimed her support for Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. The state party is asking the Democratic National Committee to deny a seat at the party’s convention in Denver to Debra Bartoshevich, elected in May as a delegate for the New York senator. The state party says Bartoshevich, who this month told the newspaper she supported McCain over Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., violated a pledge delegates sign stating their intent to vote for the party nominee. Bartoshevich said this week she still wants to be a delegate for Clinton.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
CALIFORNIA: State Renews Climate Battle
FLORIDA: State Plans Three Solar Plants
ILLINOIS: Negotiators Call in Mediator to Avert Union Contract Deadline
WISCONSIN: State OKs 90 Percent Cut in Mercury Emissions
NEW JERSEY: State Blue Cross Considers For-Profit Status
CALIFORNIA | ILLINOIS: States Sue Countrywide Over Mortgage Lending
BALTIMORE: Mayor Angered Over Leaks in Case
OAKLAND, Calif.: City Administrator Will Retire in July
THE MIDWEST: Rain Heightens Worries Along the Mississippi

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